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Hawks Take Jerian Grant at No. 19, Trade Him to Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr.

After trading back to No. 19, the Atlanta Hawks selected Jerian Grant and traded him to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr.:

Hardaway was a big disappointment this past year in New York, and the Knicks are getting a quality player in Grant in this trade as they rebuild. Grant has NBA bloodlines as the son of NBA player Harvey Grant and brother of current Philadelphia 76er, forward Jerami Grant.

But Grant has plenty of game on his own, with an ideal NBA frame for a point guard at 6-4, 200 pounds and a 6-7.5 wingspan with a great first step and NBA athleticism. Defensively, he has the versatility to guard either backcourt position. He also has the handles to create separation and improved as a decision-maker as a senior, with a 3.04:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and 6.7 assists per game (seventh in the nation).

However, he shot poorly from three as a senior at 31.6 percent, down from 40.8 percent as a junior. Grant did improve his ability to shoot off the dribble, but will need to gain that consistency from deep with the longer distance in the NBA. His age at 23 leads some to believe he lacks a higher ceiling, but the way he improved in college suggests otherwise.

Grant will help a team immediately with his versatility, athleticism and decision-making ability. He still has some room for growth, and can play a role off the bench immediately in New York.

NBA comparison: Brian Shaw

2014-15 stats: 16.5 ppg, 6.7 apg, 1.7 spg (47.8 FG%, 31.6 3P%, 78.0 FT%)

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